FIFTY THIRD ANNUAL REUNION
Here we are looking forward to our 53rd Reunion and once again getting a great response from those already committed on returning to Shoreway Acres.
Going through records and talking with men who we will be forever grateful for starting the 150th Engr (C) EN association. Dick Cutcliffe was instrumental in the first reunion at the Boston City Club, along with Dan Duffey, Ray Chandler, but the problem with mentioning names is leaving out fellows like Tim, Pat, Red, Jim, Joe, Ralph, Vinny, Sal, Al, George, Roger and also others who have kept the Reunions going for over 50 years. We must also thank those who attend.
Since the last Reunion, we are saddened by the loss of Joe Bianchi, our President for many years. Jim Feeney, a fellow Medic, who was one of the founders and a mainstay of past Reunions, and although handicapped, still looked forward to attending with his wife Grace. Bob Crimins, who only started attending three years ago and was looking forward to being with us this year, passed away suddenly. I was notified of his death by Al Mason of (C) Company who worked with Bob. We also learned that Al Clemen, James McCann and Floyd Romanik passed away. Charlie Mone represented the 150th at the Cape and there we met others from the 150th. Our prayers go out to the families of our beloved Comardies.
Now on a brighter note, the Semi-Annual business meeting was held in Auburn, Ma. In attendance were President Bob Pearl. Vice President, Arthur Boucher, Secretary. Phil Dobruck, Treasurer. Joe Keegan, also Vinny Bianchi, John Di-Salvo, Jimmy Dellova, Ralph Desimone, Milt French, Joe Lenza, Pat MacIsaac, Paul Routhier, Bob Pitts, Rick Pitts, and Curt Shaw. Before the meeting, most of us had lunch with our wives, also Honey Carbone joined us and it is times like these. that we look back and cherish.
At the meeting, it was voted to have the Bag Pipers along with the Honor Guards at the Thursday evening ceremony. We are also planning to have special entertainment for the Thursday night banquet.
When the Treasurer's report was given, it was noted that the main reason for being in good shape financially, was money sent in by those who were unable to attend. Jim Donoghue already has started next year off by making a nice donation to help cover expenses.
Rick Pitts presented information about the Internet and the 150th Web Site. As of now, over 4300 people have gone into the Web Site. More of this on a separate enclosure.
Pat MacIsaac, Jim Donoghue, and myself attended a Veteran's Day ceremony where a wreath was placed on the Battle of the Bulge Memorial. Afterwards we had a cup of coffee, and as usual, talked about the War and past reunions. (I even heard a couple of stories that were new.) This was when Jim made this donation as he had last year. (Thanks, Jim.)
I could go on, but I must save some news for the next letter, which should be mailed out around the first or second week in April.
Enclosed is the reservation form, and note that there has only been a slight increase. Send in your reservation now rather than waiting until April. Call it your Christmas present. You couldn't get a better one.
Have a good winter, and look forward to seeing you in May 1999.
Arthur Boucher, Vinny Bianchi, Jim Donoghue, Tim Butters, Carl Ciambrone, Paul Routhier, Ralph Desimone, John DiSalvo, Jimmy Dellova, Bill. Morrissey ,Bob Pearl, Pat MacIsaac, Walt Kulowiec, Pinky Harris, Roland Lee, Charlie Mone, and Al Campopiano.
From The Computer of Rick Pitts
It has been a busy 6 months since the reunion. The website
has more than doubled in size since the reunion. It is up to over 200 pages
of information. This is from help from many people who have donated material.
Arthur Boucher, Honey Carbone, Jeff Chandler, son of Ray Chandler, Jack
Copley, John DiSalvo, James Donaghue, Charlie Dwelly, George Kimball, Joe
Lenza, Pat MacIsaac, Robert Mahoney, Charles Mone, Bill Morrissey, Curtis
Hinson, June Reagan, Paul Ruthier, Curt Shaw, Red Weingartner, Bob White,
and of course my father.. Bob Pitts.
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